What is Root Canal Therapy?
When infection progresses in untreated teeth, it can rot them from the inside, leading to severe nerve damage. Infection can also turn your tooth's root to an unpleasant pulp—the source of the pain that many people feel right before they seek professional treatment. This is the source of the stereotype surrounding root canals; the procedure itself is not painful, but the infection that prompts you to seek treatment can be.
To that end, opting for an early root canal is essential to preserving your smile's appearance and health. A tooth infection that is allowed to progress can quickly destroy your tooth's root and nerve; this, in turn, can lead to complete tooth loss. If this is true for you, though, don't worry—our cosmetic and restorative dentists offer prosthetic options, including dental bridges.
Contact our dental office to learn more about root canals and their causes. We proudly serve families in Catonsville, Ellicott City, Clarksville, Columbia, and Elkridge, MD.